Nairobi: Local Travel Info
Internal flights and major international airports
Nairobi is well connected to other parts of the country and the rest of the African continent with airlines like Air Kenya, AeroKenya and SafariLink. The Nairobi Wilson Airport serves as the internal airport for domestic flights within Kenya.
The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport connects Nairobi to the rest of the world, and is situated 16km south-east of central Nairobi. The airport, also known as the Nairobi Airport is the largest and busiest airport in East and Central Africa.
To and From: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
From the airport: Transport is easily available from the airport into the city. Bus services depart from Terminal 1 and 2 at regular intervals. Travelers with a lot of luggage prefer taxis which are available outside the arrival lounge and charge a fixed fare to the city .The taxis are very basic and do not expect anything fancy. A more luxurious option are the Mercedes taxis which charge a higher fixed fare. Try and used registered taxi services as much as possible. The airport provides Airport Transfers as well. The approximate cost for a taxi ride from the airport to the city centre will be around 1995Kenyan Shillings ($25) with a registered cab service.
Travel Costs in Nairobi:
Travel in Nairobi varies in its costs. It can be cheap and expensive to travel around the city. However, like any other major city traffic is bad and you need to be careful while moving around. If it’s your first time in the city it is advisable to move around with a guide. The best way to travel in Nairobi is by taxi and though they are a little expensive, they are safer and more convenient than other modes of transport. The taxis are not meter run, and you must fix the price to you destination before you board the taxi, and pay after you reach your destination. The public mini buses known as Matatus are used for traveling to the suburbs and are very cheap. To travel in Nairobi always carry a map if you are not accompanied by a guide, and speak to your hotel authorities for advice on areas to be avoided.
Renting Cars in Nairobi:
Renting cars in Nairobi is common and cost effective. Car rental services are available at the airports and in different parts of the city. A standard sized car for a day can cost between 4390 KSh ($55) to 6384 KSH ($80) for self driven cars and 5586 KSh ($70) to 11970 KSh ($150) for cars with drivers. The cost usually includes Breakdown Assistance, Airport Fee, Tax, Theft Waiver and Collision damage waiver. When renting cars in Nairobi keep in mind that the vehicles are supplied with a tank full of fuel and are to be returned with the same. It is advisable to use a driver if you are not familiar with the routes and when you cannot communicate in any of the local languages or English. If driving outside Nairobi, traveling with a driver is strongly recommended. Make sure all the necessary car documents are present in the car at the time of hiring and driving.
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Driver’s License Requirements in Nairobi:
Certain driver’s license requirements in Nairobi are in place. The driver must hold a valid international driver’s license with a validity of a minimum of a year, and no major endorsements, should be a minimum of 23 years of age, and possess a passport.
Rules in Nairobi:
Road security and safety is an issue in Nairobi and you must be careful while driving around the city. Instances of carjacking are common and on the rise. To try and protect yourself from such instances, avoid traveling around at night and in areas which are notorious for such crimes. Don’t stop to give lifts to people and travel around as light as possible. Driving is on the left side of the road . When it comes to rules and regulations in Nairobi with regard to driving, usually anything goes. So you have to look out for yourself, be safe and buckle up. Avoid talking on your cell phone while driving as it will surely lead to an accident, what with the haphazard driving ways in the city.
Buses in Nairobi:
Buses in Nairobi are a popular and cheap mode of transport, especially if you are traveling to the suburbs. The privately owned mini buses known as ‘Matatus’ are the most popular form of local transport and seat 14 to 24 people. They travel within the city and from the city to other suburbs and towns. Most buses have their destinations printed on the sides of the buses and travel on specific routes with route numbers. Other bus services operating in and around the city are Citi Hoppa and Bustrack.
Taxis in Nairobi:
Taxis in Nairobi are a convenient and easily available way of traveling. Hotels and places of tourist attraction are surrounded by taxis. The local taxis do not run on the meter and the fare to your destination must be agreed upon before you embark on your ride, and paid for after you reach your destination. Taxis in Nairobi are either marked with a yellow line along its side or they are big and black in color, similar to London taxis. Taxi companies run taxi services in the city where you can phone and book your taxi before hand. The taxi companies have modern vehicles with a little more comfort attached to it.
Cycling in Nairobi:
With the errant driving scenario in Nairobi it is advisable not to cycle around in the city. However cycling tours and safaris in the countryside are very popular and involve a great deal of adventure. Different tour companies offer cycling tour packages from 5 to 10 days in scenic areas around Nairobi.
Hitch hiking in Nairobi:
Hitch hiking is fairly popular in Nairobi and a fast way to reach your destination if you are stranded with no public transport in view. It is usually safe if you travel in pairs. For women travelers especially, traveling with another woman or man is strongly advised. Avoid hitch hiking alone.